We need each other now more than ever.
Can we come together even if we disagree?
May the Lord bless and keep safe all of the peaceful protestors and the police in Tulsa and Charlotte.
May He also bring peace, comfort and a spirit of reconciliation to all those filled with rage and hatred.
We are indeed one and need one another.
Blessed be the peacemakers.
Those who wish to spread hatred and division, those who destroy, tear down and exact vengeance will reap what they sow.
Darkness can only be conquered by light, hatred with love and confusion with understanding.
We must not look to “win,” but rather listen to one another, really listen and seek reconciliation.
We as a nation haven’t had the spirit of reconciliation for as long as I can remember.
Just politically speaking, when was the last time the country really came together the day after the presidential election? I contend it hasn’t happened perhaps since 1988. And even then I am not sure.
The winning side gloated and the losers either screamed foul play or said, “he is not my president, you own it.” Look at what happened in 2000. “Selected, not elected.”
This next president will face a hostile country divided. I will give either candidate my support until and unless they violate a constitutional principle, and I won’t vote for either. But we must pray that whoever is elected is constitutionally successful.
Can we come together on things and each stand as Americans even if we disagree?
Is our understanding that life is sacred — be it black or blue — bigger than what divides us?
Do we not believe that all men are created equal and endowed with rights from our creator?
Do we not all want to be heard? Free to chart our own course and live without fear of the knock on the door, the blue lights in our mirror or the rage of one we should call neighbor and friend?
We have been intentionally divided by those who seek chaos, money or power.
We have allowed this to happen with every aspect of our life.
In this case, it seems justice is never served. No matter what the blue lives do, it is never good enough. And while organizers of BLM may have an anti American and anti free market agenda, we must listen to those who don’t feel as though anyone is hearing them.
There is a problem on both sides, but we are speaking past one another and no one is being heard or listening.
But even in riots, death and destruction, goodness will be found. A peaceful and healing spirit can come from the ashes.
If we choose, all will be used for His glory.
But we must not search for payback, we instead must fix reason firmly in her seat, humble ourselves and seek the truth no matter where it may take us.
We are living in a post-facts era and it will destroy us if we allow it to.
Changing this does not begin with “them,” “their side,” “the ones who started it.” It begins with you. All of us. Each of us making the choice to love and forgive 70 x 7.
We cannot expect our civilization to continue much longer if we refuse to stand for the root of the word itself: CIVIL.
Thank you to the man in the crowd who was clearly a listener of my program a quoting our theme:
“We are one.”
Black lives matter? Blue lives? All lives matter? Yes to all, but more importantly —
YOUR LIFE MATTERS.
I pray for open hearts and reconciliation.
We have all made mistakes and will continue to do so. I made many today. But we must strive to be better than the day before and understand we will continue to stumble. Forgiveness and repentance is a daily ask and gift.
Life is a journey, not a destination.
Let us sojourn together toward true and lasting peace found only in everlasting truths and humble reconciliation.